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Scoot, scoot, scootin’ to the vet

Categories: Cats, Dogs

Show of hands if you’ve laughed while watching a dog scoot its bum across the floor.                      A scooting pooch actually isn’t something to laugh at; they could possibly have a serious issue going on that you may not be aware of.

There are a couple reasons why a dog scoots – worms or anal gland problems. Both of which are not great but can be easily dealt with if not left alone for too long. Today, we’ll be focusing on anal glands.

The anal glands are located on either side of the anus and are usually expressed when the dog goes #2. Some dogs may have stool that is not firm enough to express the fluid on its own, which can cause it to build up and become uncomfortable for them.

It’s important to look for the warning signs relating to full anal glands and take the necessary steps to help your pet feel their best. Along with scooting, your dog may be constantly looking at and/or licking its hind end.

The fluid can be manually expressed by a veterinarian, but if it is not dealt with soon enough the glands can become impacted and will eventually rupture. Ruptured anal glands are very painful for the pup and do require surgery to repair.

A veterinarian may suggest food high in fibre and the use of probiotics to help the anal glands drain naturally. However, for some dogs this issue is a reoccurring problem that requires regular intervention

For a few pets with particularly stubborn glands, there is always the option to remove them. It can be an expensive onetime cost, but when compared to the cost of having to bring your pet in once a month, or sometimes every 2 weeks, it definitely works out in your favour.

Anal glands are simply scent glands that help dogs mark their territory. Not having the glands would not affect them in any way and, after everything heals, your pet will no longer have any discomfort.

So next time you see someone laughing at the ‘funny thing their pet is doing’, you may want to give them a heads up that the scoot’s not just some funny quirk.

Have a paw-some day!

                                                                                                                                                  Until next time,                                                                                                                                                         CAH Team

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